Playing ches via the electric telegraph, 1845.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News' (ILN). 'To confer at the distance of the Indies by sympathetic conveyances may be as usual to future times as to us in literary correspondences.' Thus in 1665 the telegraph was foreseen. The ILN illustration shows a ches doubles match between Portsmouth and London being played over a telegraph link. One of the Portsmouth players was Mr Staunton, ches editor of the ILN.'